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If you suspected Facebook was eavesdropping on your phone conversations in order to serve you more "targeted" advertising, you were right. A Cambridge Analytica whistleblower confirms Facebook has the ability to listen to your phone conversations.

Former Cambridge Analytica employee Christopher Wylie, who appeared before a British investigative committee on Tuesday, said Facebook has the ability to listen to what people are talking about in order to better target them with ads.

Wylie also confirmed that other apps "pull audio... for environmental context."

The committee called on Wylie to testify after a British data analytics firm reportedly harvested the data of 51 million Facebook users to give Donald Trump's presidential campaign an edge over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Since the data scandal broke, millions of Facebook users, including numerous celebrities, have deleted their Facebook, WhatsApp and Messenger apps.

Consumers who have newer Android phones find that Facebook and Twitter apps are pre-installed on their phones as system apps so they can't be deleted. But those apps can still be disabled in Settings.

Tech gurus also suggest denying microphone access to all apps on your phone in Settings.

1. Go to Settings
2. Tap "APPS" or “App permissions”
3. Tap “Microphone”
4. Find Facebook (or any app), and turn the slider to OFF

Facebook has lost nearly $100 billion in stock value since the scandal broke.

Stock photo by Peathegee Inc / Getty Images

  • WutizstillHERE!

    I told yall... I would be sitting here talking about something and an add would pop up for it..

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Been doing this get off there... ... Says a lot with this interview and this is on topic .... Be warned #helpful ... The more you know ... Thanks for this post Sandra ?... See clip https://youtu.be/d6e1riShmak

  • Victorious82

    I think they’ve been doing this for years. I’d talk about something with a friend and then a few hours later start seeing ads about the same thing. Smh

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile was thinking bout blimpie and the damn ad popped up the other day ... hell I already know I'm being watched doe and I gives not one fawk ... # Boom dem folks stay watching my azz... ? ? .... And they can't touch me... Blewp ... Buck buck!

  • sunni_daze

    Yep. I notice the same thing

  • HoneyyGoodMoneyy_
  • Look@m3

    I deactivated my account and I hate I have to get back on here to help plan my High School Reunion. Ugh! I really despise FB and I used to love it.

  • Toni Toni Toni

    Exactly. Bammas be listening like shyt. Id' be talking to my kids about something and then all the sudden they are showing me ads regarding what we were talking about. CREEPY AF!

    AND THANK YOU, SANDRA for including the info on how to turn the camera and MICROPHONE P OFF. I turned it off for FACEBOOK and WHATS APP!

  • Trey

    This might put facebook into myspace status

  • Logan Roberts

    Mark Zuckerberg is proving everyday he's a dishonest, sneaky bastard.

  • Tbay _

    Not just Facebook. This is the world we're living in now. Big Brother always watching. I stay away from Facebook, Smart TV's, Alexa, etc....Unfortunately I need my phone for work or else I would have a flip phone.

  • TMW

    This! Big brother is watching everywhere, all the time! As long as we are tethered to these phones, they will ALWAYS have a way.

  • Soda

    Watch out for Amazon's Alexa too. Reports of inappropriate laughing ...yeah, she's listening to more than you think.?

  • Trey

    Yeah but I think its a given Alexa is listening

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    LETs be clear you can turn it off but they still can and will listen you granted access to all of that when you accepted the terms and conditions when downloading the app. I read an article that stated even when you go through settings and deny certain permissions it doesn’t stop it completely even when you go in and disable the ad stuff bottom line throw the whole phone away!! They realeasing all this information so you can’t say that you weren’t told so going forward when you use it it’s all on you now. Your phone is a tracking device that records your every move. See I knew it was gone be some mess when years ago the CEO of google said that you shouldn’t be doing anything you don’t want anyone to know about. Remember this same thing came out about google. THey are profiling ppl and doing all kinds of social and psychological experiments on EVERYONE this is why certain topics will get in rotation they are gathering information on how ppl react to certain things. They control what goes viral on their platforms as well!! Who do you think starts up certain topics and memes to get them in rotation for everyone to talk about all day regardless of what else is going on in the world. They are controlling the narrative through social media radio and television.

  • kennedy220

    lol right

  • Rayne

    Just did this. I hope they weren’t listening while I was making love ????

  • Rayne

    I’ve been thinking about going back to beeper status myself ?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Here is a little known well known fact.... You have been watched always have been regardless of an App.. . The app is supposed to keep you dumb to that fact... A huge deflection mechanism .. It's a very easy way to group people to keep people in a maze.. . Attached to fear and attached to competition .... To keep you divided from your true source ... Your soul ... Which connects you to God... Just saying ... Wake up.. . ! Spilling T's

  • Pitty Patty

    Who didn't know we were selling our privacy to social media? We've been being watched for years now. You just gotta watch what you do and say while you are on social media.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    You have been watched since the beginning of time .. Many lifetimes. Stay woke .. ?

  • Karen Brady

    lol

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile ?? ?

  • Miss Thang

    I swear on my life this happened to me a few years ago that I spoke on the phone about a very rare brand and then I started seeing ads about it on Facebook. It freaked me out but I convinced myself that I must have searched it online. But No, I had not searched it yet, I was just talking to someone about it. SO WEIRD. I convinced myself I was wrong but I KNEW IT.

  • Soda

    That heffa only supposed to listen for her name, and then respond. Not eavesdrop.?

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    ??

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    You will start seeing Trojan ads or edible panty ads soon enough ?

  • Karen Brady

    Busted. out. laughing.

  • hi-liter

    Glad I never joined FB. I always knew it was an evil place where people go to lie, cheat, and steal.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    Yep saw that too BUT do you remember or did you hear about that article where it caught a crime while it was happening because they record and save all that stuff to a cloud they tried to use it in court. I gotta find that article because I can’t recall if they were allowed to use it since the person didn’t know they were being recorded.

  • Karen Brady

    lol. Definitely lie and cheat!

  • Karen Brady

    I remember it.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    Writing letters and sending them by pigeons by hell they even got the animals tagged and tracked

  • Karen Brady

    You'd think so but too many people rise and set on FB daily. Like it's in their blood. I don't understand but I guess boredom affects people in different ways.

  • RespectSelf

    Anybody who didn't know this are fools. lol They let us know in the movies what they be doing lol. These whistle blowers be risking it all to inform folks about what is being done and "we" don't even appreciate them for it. Smh

  • ?Royalty?

    They do that here too. ?

    Ever wonder how these gossip blogs post stuff you were just discussing, or looking at right before you logged on to the site?

  • hi-liter

    Steal too, esp right around this income tax season. My friend was scammed out of $400. She communicated by text with a "lawyer" who claimed they can get her $10,000 for a $400 fee. My friend is a DUMMY.

  • Str8tUpMenace

    LMAO

  • RespectSelf

    on the flip side... Sandra are you listening to out phone calls too? I was just talking about this very thing last night and now it's on here. hmmm

  • hi-liter

    Yeah but they don't see my face and my family......"they" cant learn too much about me thru disqus, my info is fake.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    Ummm we knew that when he stole the idea and ran off with it and tried to cut the other two dudes who helped come up with the concept out!! He had to pay them off and I think it’s one of them who said they don’t even allow their children on Facebook because they now that it does this. They are linking ppl to their family without DNA testing they even know who you hang out with. When shit get real they not gone have to look far to round ppl up to ship them off to Camps. Back in the day it was hard to find ppl especially those running away from slavery and being rounded up to go to concentration Camps mainly because they didn’t know who those ppl next of kin was or where they lived

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    Remember Sandra just recently did an article on this on how social media effects the brain and behaviors creating anxiety and depression and everything else they have made it to where this is addictive

  • Karen Brady

    Damn now that's a shame but I concur.. your friend is a DUMMY. Sorry friend :-(.

  • Karen Brady

    lol

  • Karen Brady

    edible panties. *CRINE*

  • ?Royalty?

    Chile, I was on FB one night discussing long distance relationships. The NEXT day, Sandra posted the article.

    It's happened here, Boss!p, and WSHH to a lot of people. ?

  • Karen Brady

    folks play too much :-)

  • Elevated Soul

    If you have a "smart anything",it can be hacked visually & audio wise....This also include smart televisions.

    Cameras can be hacked and people can look and see what you're doing....

    I keep my cameras covered,on all of devices at home..I also turn off the power source......

  • ?Royalty?

    Did you hear about the one where the man was beating his wife and Alexa called the cops? ?? You can't tell me Alexa isnt all in your business.

  • Karen Brady

    Yep! I remember and it was about that time that Apple I think it was put an article out that they design these phones with nothing but addiction in mind.

  • Quitedeliteful

    She should have remembered the saying: If it's too good to be true... well, you know the rest...

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOL!!!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOLLOL!!!!!!

  • Yen Pettaway

    Deleting FB just shifts agents work. I posted about this yearyears ago. Some agents got a kick out me having the nerve to comment. They started changing my posts and commenting their names in my comment section. It was funny to me! This is old news!

  • angrysolo

    and to think folks used to look at me crazy for having tape over my webcam on my laptop. theys watching.

  • JV

    "They let us know in the movies what they be doing lol."
    -----------
    My mind totally went to Black Mirror. Love that show.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Years ago I met a woman whose father worked for NASA. She spoke about the need for caution and how the government was tracking and keeping tabs on all of us. She warned us not to buy flat screen televisions and they weren't even available to the masses at that time. Only rich folks/celebrities had them. She was privy to a lot of information and laid some heavy stuff on us. It was overwhelming.

  • Kanyade

    i can't find this menu.. ihave an iphone.

    halp!

  • JV

    In China, you can be denied a passport or employment based on your social media "likes." I'm sure its happened to people here too.

  • JV

    I hate it when I'm looking for something -- like a belt for example -- and then the internet stalks me about belts for the next 2 weeks. I GOT THE BELT I WANTED, EBAY, JUST GO AWAY!!

  • Ghost

    YES! One night my Alexa just started talking and answering questions!? I hadn't even spoken! I was washing dishing and looked around like "what the heck is going on?" She has been unplugged ever since...smh

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    She wasn't lying. I was talking about something the other day, while sitting in front of my tv, within 1 or two minuets, up to 5 different commercials about what I was talking about, came on. Oh, and advertisements starting popping up on my phone at the same time. Go figure. It's not only Facebook invading our privacy and I think news stations are also in on it too.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    I do that too. I even cover my cell phone sometimes.

  • RespectSelf

    That show is good... but I can't do too much at a time. It's gets too dark and heavy. They need to chill before we start really taking in what they saying. They be having me want to say bye to all technology.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    That's these disque accounts. They are like facebook. They're listening in and monitoring everything we're doing too.

  • Karen Brady

    !!!! THIS.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    You have to watch what you do in say in your own home. They listen in on our phones, even when we're not on a call and they can listen in on our tv's. Smh. There's no privacy left. Complete and total abuse of power.

  • JV

    Yeah, after the one about the killer drone-dog that shoots people in face I was like "DONE!"

  • Rayne

    Lol

  • the guest

    I read that Zuckerberg places duct tape over the camera and mic on his laptops. He said that he does it to protect his privacy. Ironic how his privacy is important to him. Well, I figured he would know something about privacy invasion. So I put tape over my laptop camera and mic too, don't them.

  • Erin

    its not just news stations I work in advertising its called targeted advertising. It's all stations as well as Pandora, Satellite Radio, Facebook, IG, hell this here website. Nothing free its all based on advertising dollars and demographics.

  • Erin

    Absolutely!!

  • Keekz

    Hell read the privacy policy. I haven't used Facebook since 06/07. Stay off all that BS.

  • Soda

    Lol!

  • Karen Brady

    I swear if I didn't just turn my phoe over after reading this.

  • Karen Brady

    WHAT!!!

  • Karen Brady

    LOL...

  • Marlika

    I do the same! You have to be carefully with the cable boxes and game devices as well.

  • xenaD

    I thought this was a well known FACT! lol already proven ?

  • Anunnaki

    Im with u, since 2012, and dont have it on my phone, no SM accounts at all. ?

  • TheOwley

    hmmm, people still using facebook.

  • Greatgrape37

    I just deactivated my account a few days ago, a few more days til its deleted...

  • CopperCutie

    LOL LOL funny!

  • TheOwley

    Even with add blockers your screen is cluttered with ads. Your e-mail address is all over the world. They sell it to advertisers and bang, money. I was looking for a lamp. I found it but too expensive (and they know it's too expensive by the way). I decided against it. A week later another site sends me a price reduction on the lamp. They know what they are doing.

  • mona q

    LOL...poor thing...I'm sorry she went through that but....it doesn't even make sense logically...

  • ?Royalty?

    Interesting ?. I'm kinda relieved Sandra isn't among the stalker cult. ?

  • Sircaput

    Who didn't know this already, we used to talk whild FB was up just to see the stuff start showing up in the news feed.

  • Solstice

    I deleted my Facebook account back in January 2010. No regrets. My family and friends know he to get in touch with me. You are either in my circle are you are not.

  • Elevated Soul

    Yes...Your friend is a big dummy.

    A friend of mine fell for a similar con...Bottom line both are greedy and stupid.

    Rule XYZ:Free money does not cost a thing.

  • KISSmyENTIREass

    Why are people shock? When you sign up for Facebook people check boxes without reading first! You gavd permission to Facebook for alot of things! If you were dum enough to use FACEBOOK phone thru messenger then that's you. If you gave out important information then that's on you! NEWS FLASH EVERY APP YOU DOWNLOAD ON YOUR PHONE ACCESS YOUR INFO! Hell the government have access to your phone and track your movements.

  • Miss Thang

    This is why it worries me when parents give their kids these smart phones. All a kid needs is a flip phone that can call their parents, a few other trusted, responsible, adult family members, and 911. Smart phones allow them to watch all kinds of x rated material and make it easy for strangers and the government to stalk your child then you have the nerve to be upset if they go missing. HELLO!!!!!! WAKE UP, PEOPLE!!!

  • Enoughsaid2020

    This is true. I looked at my privacy updates, and there were apps, that I never added. SMH!

  • bella28498 .

    Don’t use the app and been off of played out Facebook for years!

  • bella28498 .

    ? ikr

  • StayathomeMom

    Not shocked....watch what happens when people find out Alexa is a wiretap.

  • StayathomeMom

    Ikr....Especially that damn bossip.com site.

  • TheOwley

    I don't use ad blockers for Sandra Mae. I did visit gossip and kudos t my ad blocker because not a single add popped up, not even a tiny one. I had to go to iTunes to download it.

  • MythCalledLove

    Made fun of the tinfoil hat people. I swear whatever I search for online soon a damn commercial comes on advertising the same damn thing. Sold your soul to social media. They know more than you know about yourself..lol I don't know about you but I'm going to get my tinfoil hat and get my membership card from the Tinfoil Hat Brigade.

  • MythCalledLove

    Made fun of the tinfoil hat people. I swear whatever I search for online soon a damn commercial comes on advertising the same damn thing. Sold your soul to social media. They know more than you know about yourself..lol I don't know about you but I'm going to get my tinfoil hat and get my membership card from the Tinfoil Hat Brigade.

  • Allihave2say

    You better tell it. Not only is it a wiretap it's a legal wire tap that people voluntarily bring into their homes. It tracks your voice patterns, interests, settings in your home for your a/c, food preferences, interests and personality. this information can later be used to determine and discern things about you should it ever be needed.

  • Allihave2say

    There was one called firebug or fire phone that only called parents, 911 and a few other preprogrammed phone numbers. Parents wanted their children to have access to games, videos and movies so that was done away with.

  • Allihave2say

    Way back when…Yahoo messenger/mail had a malware and adware remover that removed any and everything. It was a true beast. Does anyone remember the name of it? It was so damn good they got rid of it because the others couldn't compete.

  • PynkCloudz

    They're the true martyr's.

  • Peppermint Patty

    Bossip is the worst. And now when you even mention it in comments section, the moderators w ont even post it.....ugggh

  • Quitedeliteful

    I am going to do the same to mine as well...

  • Quitedeliteful

    This is crazy!!!

  • Berry Melon

    When you deactivate your account, Facebook "saves all of your settings, photos, and information" in case you decide to reactivate your account. Your information isn't gone - it's just hidden. However, it is possible to delete your account "permanently" with no option for recovery.

  • Berry Melon

    1. More tools. 2. Clear "all" browsing data. If you clear your browsing history regularly, it'll stop all that. Browsers like Chrome and Firefox now have a have a habit of saving data. So it'll now target you with ads. So if you were on a page where you can buy something, it'll pop up below on another ad. I remember wanting to book a hotel and a gig, and they followed me from site to site, targeting me with hotels. I cleared the data and then the ads changed.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Thanks, hon. It is appreciated! ?

  • noyfb6

    Glad I don't have FB but not like that matters. Any free service you're using is not really free. Ask Google

  • Yen Pettaway

    Yep!

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